Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1937

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 3, 1937

POLICE CHIEF BARNES DIED. The people of Folkston and the community were shocked and grieved by the sudden and unexpected death of Chief of Police John H. Barnes, who passed away Tuesday morning soon after reaching his home after completing his regular night’s duty. It is said that his death resulted from a heart attack. Although apparently in the best of health, he had suffered two or three attacks in recent weeks, and had complained of feeling ill earlier in the night before his death. However, he remained at his post of duty, but when he reached home in the early morning hours, was in a very critical condition. Neighbors were at once called and a physician summoned but Mr. Barnes passed away before medical aid could reach him. Mr. Barnes, who was 46 years old, came from Forsyth, Ga. in 1921 and served as Chief of Police here for sixteen years. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Blanche Zellner Barnes; his wife; one son, John M. Barnes who is now attending school in Atlanta.; three daughters, Doris, Beryl and Betty; one sister, Mrs. Dora White and one brother P.S. Barnes. John M. had just returned to Atlanta the day before his father’s death and was called back home by the sad news. Mr. Barnes was a member of the Folkston Baptist Church. The funeral service was conducted there by Rev. J.D. Poindexter, Rev. R.W. Waterman and Rev. E.G. Kilpatrick . Interment was in Folkston cemetery with Hawkins and Adkins in charge of the arrangements.

A.C.L.R.R. SAFETY MEETING HERE. The Atlantic Coast Line’s Safety Committee of Roadmaster V.A. Hodges’ division held their regular meeting at the courthouse Tuesday evening with Chairman Hodges presiding. A number of interesting talks on Safety were heard. The division of which Mr. Hodges is chairman made a splendid safety record the past year. Among Coast Line officials at the meeting were W.M. Black, Trainmaster from Waycross, H.S. Corbin, Safety Supervisor, Wilmington and J.H. Beach, Clerk in the Superintendent’s office, Waycross.

MRS. ROY BURIED IN IOWA. Funeral services for Mrs. C.E. Roy, who passed away last week, were held this week at her former home in Ottumwa, Iowa. The remains left Folkston Saturday night by train, accompanied by her grief-stricken husband and her sister, Miss Louise Brockman.

TROY JONES APPOINTED POLICE CHIEF. Mr. Troy Jones is now serving as Folkston’s Chief of Police, having been named to serve temporarily, until a successor to the late Chief J.H. Barnes is appointed. Mr. Jones has previously served in this capacity.

NEAL JACOBS RECOVERING FROM INJURY. Neal Jacobs, who suffered a skull fracture when a water heater exploded at his home near Waycross more than a week ago, continues to improve at the Coast Line Hospital in Waycross, according to reports. He is still confined to bed but his condition has improved to the extent that he is expected to fully recover from the serious injury.

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ST. GEORGE SCHOOL. Bids for the construction of the new school building at St. George were opened by Supt. Harris at his office in the high school building here Saturday at noon, when contract for the erection of the building was awarded to C.O. Smith & Co. of Hazelhurst on a bid of $43,315.00, the lowest submitted. Construction work on the new school building is to start by December 7th and is to be completed by 180 calendar days. It is to be a modern school building with ample room to accommodate the community for years to come.

WILEY R. WAINWRIGHT DIED. Wiley R. Wainwright, 78, prominent pioneer citizen of Charlton County, passed away at his home here Thursday following an illness of two weeks. He was a life-long resident of Charlton County and one of the county’s most prominent and highly-regarded citizens. He served the county as Sheriff for eight years and for many years was a leader in civic affairs and in development of the county. He was a member of Folkston Baptist Church, taking an active part in church affairs; also a member of the I.O.O.F. He was the last surviving member of a family of two sisters and three brothers, J.A. Wainwright, a brother, having passed away just a little more than a month ago at the age of 82. He was the father of the late Rev. E.L. Wainwright, prominent Methodist minister. Three other sons had preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ida Wainwright; one daughter, Mrs. E.A. Kent; four sons, C.S. Wainwright, R.J. Wainwright, D.R. Wainwright and E.C. Wainwright. The funeral was at the Folkston Baptist Church with Rev. R.W. Waterman and Rev. M.F. Gaines officiating. Interment was in Folkston cemetery. Burial was in charge of the Hawkins-Adkins Funeral Home.

VITAL STATISTICS RECORDS BEING RECORDED. Miss Lillian Davis is engaged in the work of recording and indexing the vital statistics records in the Ordinary’s office. These records, in permanent form for future reference, is regarded as among the most important of the county records. This is a WPA project and will probably require about three months to complete.

WEDDING. Mrs. R.H. Sapp announces the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Winnie Bradshaw to Mr. Justin W. Cockrell. The marriage was quietly solemnized November 3 at the home of Rev. Charles Moss. This popular young couple is well known in St. George where they have resided for several years. Mr. Cockrell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Cockrell and is an employee of the Hercules Powder Co.

NEW BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Troy Jones announce the birth of a fine eight-pound baby daughter, born Sunday night. The little lady has not yet been given a name. Mother and baby are doing nicely their friends will be glad to know.

CANDY-PULLING AT ST. GEORGE. The friends of Miss Iva Bell, St. George, were delightfully entertained at a candy-pulling Thursday night out at Mr. Bell’s farm.

MISS LLOYD VISITS RELATIVES. Miss Lottie Jane Lloyd, of the St. Augustine Deaf and Blind School, spent the holidays with her mother and sister, Mrs. Ada Combs and Miss Vera Mae Lloyd. She is doing fine in her school work and her friends wish her the best of success in future years.

December 10, 1937

FOLKSTON ELECTS NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS. Four vacancies on Folkston’s city council were filled in the city election held December 7th, two of the old members being re-elected for another term and two new members added to the board. The terms of Mayor V.A. Hodges and Councilman C.J. Passieu had not expired and they will hold over for another year. The new members are W.E. Gibson and E.C. Gowen, while councilmen J.B. Southwell and T.C. Gowen were re-elected to succeed themselves. There was no opposition to any of the candidates.

WEDDING. A marriage that will be of interest to a wide circle of friends is that of Miss Bernice Chesser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Chesser, and Mr. James Roddenberry, son of Mrs. Gad Roddenberry, which occurred at the home of Judge A.S. McQueen Tuesday afternoon, with Judge McQueen officiating. The young couple are both popular and well known residents of Charlton County, being members of two of the county’s oldest families, and have numerous friends who will join in extending congratulations and best wishes.

MAGAZINES NEEDED FOR LIBRARY. Charlton County people who may have old magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Holland’s, Saturday Evening Post, etc., that they no longer want, are requested to donate them to the WPA Library in the Jr. High School Building. Please bring or send them to the library or notify Mrs. Proctor Caudle, Librarian, who will arrange to collect them.

R.C. TAYLOR BUYS OLD ROBINSON PLACE. The old home place of the late James E. Robinson containing 125 acres which was sold at Administrative Sale here Tuesday, was purchased by R.C. Taylor after spirited bidding had run the price up to $1225.00.

GIRL SCOUTS HIKE TO EAST SPRING. The recently organized Girl Scouts of Folkston with their Captain, Miss Allgood, enjoyed a hike Monday afternoon to East Spring. After arriving at the spring, all took part in roasting wieners and marshmallows. This was an enjoyable event and the first hike the local girl scouts had been on. Those in the party were Betsy Mills, Rosalie Southwell, Margie Scott, Marion Pickren, Grace Wright, Joan Purvis, Helen Ward, Annie Lou Boyd, Betty Mills, Eleanor Ruth Wright, Odetha Purvis, Elizabeth Tison, Miss Allgood and Miss Mixson, assistant captain.

BLUE WILLOW TEA ROOM RE-OPENS. The Blue Willow Tea Room, which has been closed the past two weeks, on account of the death of Mrs. C.E. Roy, was re-opened for business Monday morning and is being operated by Mr. Roy and Miss Louise Brockman.

December 17, 1937

MR. W.B. SMITH DIED. Warren Baird Smith, 59, widely-known and highly-regarded citizen of Folkston for thirty years, and Clerk of Superior Court for the past nine years, passed away at his home here Wednesday following an extended illness. He was stricken seven weeks ago with a malady of the brain which gradually increased in severity. Mr. Smith was known almost universally to his many friends as “Happy”. A native of Lake Waccamaw, N.C. he entered the service of the A.C.L. Railroad in his youth, coming to Folkston in young manhood as a telegraph operator in 1910. After many years service he terminated his connection with the railroad about ten years ago. Soon afterward he was elected Clerk of Charlton County Superior Court. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Naomi Mayes Smith; one son, Everett Smith; two sisters, Mrs. Sasser and Miss Kate Smith. Mrs. Mary Alexander and Mrs. J.M. Purdom are sisters-in-law. A daughter, Miss Loyselle Smith, preceded him in death about two years ago. Two other children died in infancy. He was a charter member of the Folkston Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence Friday with Rev. F.H. Chapman officiating. Interment will be in Folkston cemetery with Hawkins-Adkins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. All offices in the courthouse will be closed today out of respect for the deceased who was for many years an honored county officer. All places of business in the city will very likely be closed this afternoon while the funeral is in progress.

DR. SCHNEIDER TO LOCATE HERE. Dr. W.J. Schneider and wife of Chicago are visiting his mother at Homeland. It is the intention of the doctor to locate in Folkston in the near future. An announcement of the location of his office and the opening will be given at an early date.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE. A lighted community Christmas tree, beautiful with hundreds of colored electric lights located on the courthouse lawn directly in front of the courthouse will again be a feature of the holiday celebration in Folkston. The singing of carols at the “Tree of Light” on Christmas evening will be an added feature of the celebration. It is a project of the Folkston Garden Club. The Tree of Light, a beautiful specimen of the old field pine will be erected and decorated under the supervision of Miss Gertrude Proctor, County Demonstration Agent. It will remain lighted all during the Christmas season.

December 24, 1937

MRS. BERTHA JOHNS BRYANT DIED. The many friends of Mrs. J.F. Bryant were grieved to learn of her death on December 14th at her home at Traders Hill. She had been in failing health for several months but had been able to be up and about until a short while before she died. Although it was expected for several days before, her death brought sorrow to all who knew her. She was about 45 years of age. Before her marriage she was Miss Bertha Johns, daughter of the late J.B. and Lula Johns. She is survived by her husband and two sons, James and Pasco; two brothers, J.L. and E.T. Johns; one sister, Mrs. R.A. Bryant. Funeral services were at the Traders Hill cemetery with Rev. E.F. Dean officiating. Pallbearers were W.R. Keene, Carl Jones, Eustice Sikes, Clarence O’Quinn and Robert Chesser.

EDWIN SMITH APPOINTED CLERK. Edwin Smith has been appointed by Judge A.S. McQueen to serve as Clerk of Charlton County Superior Court pending the holding of a special election to fill the unexpired term of his father, the late clerk, W.B. Smith.

FIRE DESTROYS GIBSON HOME. The home of Rev. and Mrs. W.O. Gibson in the Sardis community about five miles out from Folkston was completely destroyed by fire shortly after 9:00 Tuesday morning. The residence and practically all its contents were a total loss. The fire originated from a piece of wood too long for the fireplace, which ignited the mantle. Mr. Gibson, who had been ill and unable to sleep the night before, was dozing before the fire and the room was ablaze before he was awakened. An alarm was telephoned in to Folkston and the fire siren sounded but before volunteers could reach the scene, the fire was beyond control. The family and nearby neighbors were able to save only a few minor articles from the burning building. The home has been occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Gibson for many years, practically all their married life, and its destruction will be keenly felt by them as many treasured possessions, including the highly-prized books and papers of Mr. Gibson, were lost. Mr. Gibson succeeded in saving one of his books of poems but most of his valued papers were destroyed. Robert Cooper, an employee on the Gibson farm, also lost all his clothing and a $10.00 bill in the fire. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gibson will deeply sympathize with them in the loss of their home and treasured possessions in their declining years. The destruction of Mr. Gibson’s poems and his papers containing much interesting data concerning the early history of the county will be an irreparable loss to future generations in Charlton County.

RAT-KILLING CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS. A very effective campaign for the eradication of rats from the business houses of Folkston has been carried out this week by city officials. The firm of King and King, manufacturers of the deadly rat poison was employed to rid the city of this pest and menace to health. The poison was put out in practically every place of business Tuesday night and hundreds of dead rats were reported as a result. The campaign will be continued until the city is rid of its rat population, it is stated. The cost of the chemicals and expenses of the campaign will be paid for jointly by the city and businessmen. Brill’s Fever, caused from flea bites from infected rats, has been prevalent in Folkston for some time. This menace to health makes this eradication of rats a public necessity.

VISIT LOCAL LIBRARY. Anyone wishing to borrow non-fiction books from the Georgia Library Commission or from any other library will please visit Mrs. Proctor Caudle, Community Librarian, and she will be glad to order for you any book requested. They cost only a few cents for postage. Visit the local library now and be the first to receive your book. Increase your knowledge by reading to yourself and children. Office hours are 9-11 and 2-5.

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