Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1938

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 2, 1938

JOHNSON-CONNER WEDDING. The marriage at 7:00 o’clock Saturday evening of Miss Maudria Johnson, daughter of Judge and Mrs. J.H. Johnson and Mr. Zelton Conner, well known young Folkston business man, came as a surprise to their many friends throughout the county. It took place at the Baptist pastorium in the presence of a few close friends, Rev. R.W. Waterman officiating. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J.N. Conner of Callahan.

FOLKSTON CITY ELECTION. Folkston’s annual city election is scheduled for December 6th. The Mayor and two members of the city council and city clerk are to be chosen. Mayor V.A. Hodges will not be opposed. The two members of the council whose terms expire are C.J. Passieu and T.C. Gowen. Mr. Gowen will not be a candidate and the name of E.H. Wright is on the ticket to succeed him. The name of Mr. Passieu appears on the ballot to succeed himself. The three holdover members of the council are J.B. Southwell, E.C. Gowen and W.E. Gibson. Mr. Wilson who has served faithfully for a number of years is unopposed. There is no opposition to any candidate.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICERS. Dr. A. Fleming was unanimously elected to serve as president of the Charlton County Chamber of Commerce of Commerce for the coming year. Other officers are R.W. Harrison, vice president; John Harris, secretary-treasurer. V.J. Pickren is the retiring president of this group.

THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE. A Thanksgiving Day service was held on Thanksgiving Day at the Methodist Church with M.G. White in charge. A large attendance greeted the new pastor, who was one of the speakers. Rev. R.W. Waterman and officials of the Baptist Church attended in a body to welcome the new Methodist minister. Rev. Waterman was also a speaker. The service was held to thirty minutes to give ample time for visiting and other pleasures.

100% STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ENROLL IN RED CROSS. In the drive for membership in the annual roll-call of American Red Cross, the schools of the county reported 100% enrollment in the Junior Red Cross. Every pupil in every school in the entire county joined the organization in the drive. Probably no other county in the state will make such a report. In addition, the teachers are the only group of workers in the county joining 100%.

FOOD BAZAAR ON FRIDAY. The Missionary Society of the Baptist Church calls attention to the Bazaar to be held Friday in the room on the first floor of the telephone building. Doors will be opened at 2:00 o’clock and closed at 6:00. Chicken salad sandwiches, hot coffee, cake and home made candy will be on sale.

December 9, 1938

MR. J.S. MIZELL DIED IN LAKELAND. News was received in Folkston Thursday of the death at Lakeland, Fla. Wednesday of Mr. J.S. Mizell, formerly a prominent citizen of Folkston. He had made his home in Lakeland for the past twenty years. He was the oldest brother of Mrs. L.E. Mallard. The funeral and interment will take place in Lakeland Friday and Mrs. Mallard will leave this morning to attend the last rites.

NEW GAME PROTECTOR FOR CHARLTON COUNTY. J.M. Peagler has been appointed by Commissioner Joe Mitchell to serve as Game Protector for Charlton and Camden Counties succeeding E.G. Mills who served for the past two years. He is an experienced officer, having served as deputy sheriff of Ware County.

LANG RESIDENCE DESTROYED BY FIRE. The residence occupied by H.S. Lang located just east of the city limits was completely destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Mr. Lang, chief mechanic at the CCC camp, was on duty at the camp at the time and Mrs. Lang and children had left early Sunday morning for Lake City to visit relatives. With no one at home and the home a mass of flames when the fire was discovered, all the clothes and household furnishings were destroyed, nothing being saved from the building. The loss falls heavily on Mr. Lang and he will have the sympathy of the community in his misfortune. The building was owned by E.B. Stapleton and was partially insured.

ADDITION TO PARSONAGE HAS BEGUN. Construction is underway on alterations to the local Methodist Parsonage which will include the addition of two rooms and a bath. The addition will extend a distance of twelve feet across the entire rear of the building and will be about four feet longer at each end than the present structure, with hip roof construction. Plans are for two rooms and bath, including pastor’s study and breakfast room. The plans were drawn by contractor W.L. Huling, who is in charge of the work.

NEW MATTOX BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mattox announce the birth of a baby daughter born Monday at the Sawyer Hospital. Both mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely.

BROCK BABY DIED. The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brock, born last week, died Monday at the Sawyer Hospital. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Brock will sympathize with them in their bereavement.

December 16, 1938

ROADMASTER HODGES WINS FIRST PRIZE. Roadmaster V.A. Hodges was this week notified that he is again the winner of first prize for having the best-kept track in the Southern District of the Atlantic Coast Line’s Northern Division. He will receive a cash prize of $75.00, one he has received many times. He made a rating of 90.90. On January lst he will tender a turkey dinner to all the section foremen of his district in appreciation of the cooperation of his workers.

MRS. LUCY ‘BUDDIE’ JOHNS HARRIS DIED. Mrs. Lucy Harris, wife of D.L. Harris, better known as ‘Buddie’ of near Folkston, passed away at the Ware Hospital in Waycross last Friday from pneumonia. Mrs. Harris had accompanied her husband to the hospital to have cataracts removed from his eyes when she was stricken and death followed a few days later. She was a native of Charlton County, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Johns of Route One, Winokur. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by several children, now all practically grown. Funeral and interment was at Sardis Cemetery.

TAYLOR BABY DIED. The many friends of Dr. and Mrs. J.S. Taylor will learn with regret that an infant born to them Saturday night at the Ware Hospital died at birth. At last reports Mrs. Taylor was said to be getting along as well as could be expected.

FINAL SUMMONS FOR ELDER W.O. GIBSON, BELOVED CITIZEN. Folkston and Charlton County sustained a severe loss last Sunday night in the death of Elder William Owen Gibson, a man of undisputed leadership in public life for many years. His death is mourned by a host of friends whom he numbered among all businesses, churches and races. An astute man of high intelligence, probably the best posted mind of his day, he was continuously sought for his advice and sane judgment. One of the pioneer families of Camden and Charlton Counties the Gibson family has been intimately identified with all that has been for the betterment and helpfulness of this section. Mr. Gibson was born on August 29, 1852 over in Camden County and he was married to Miss Julia Ann Vickery on January 15, 1874. He died in the Ware County hospital in Waycross after a brief illness for he had been in failing health for several years. Elder Gibson was ordained into the Primitive Baptist ministry forty years ago last February. He has been one of the most active and loyal members of the Alabaha River Primitive Baptist Association for over fifty-eight years, having served as Clerk of the Association for fifty years. He served his county state in the General Assembly and served his county in the following offices, upon which his work reflected great credit. At the age of 25 he was elected a Justice of the Peace in the old Centreville District of Charlton County; he served two terms as Tax Collector; four years as County School Commissioner, 1890-1894 and he was the census enumerator for the U.S. Census of 1890. In all through his life he was a power for righteousness and good government. He is survived by his widow, four daughters, five sons, one brother, forty-one grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren. His brother is H.G. Gibson of Folkston. His daughters are Mrs. B.S. Prescott of Winokur, Miss Alice Gibson of Waycross, Mrs. A.H. Howard of Nranja, Fla., and Mrs. P.U. Griffin of Hoboken. John S. Gibson of Douglas, Solicitor General of the Waycross Circuit, Charles H. and S.G. Gibson of Folkston, Grady H. Gibson of Waycross and J.W. Gibson of Lamont are his sons. The funeral was conducted in the Sardis Cemetery by Elder L.M. McDonald. The grove about the church and cemetery was filled with a large number of automobiles and a great gathering of friends and relatives which represented almost the entire citizenry of the county and many from neighboring counties. It was held at ll o’clock on Tuesday morning with interment in the Sardis Cemetery.

December 23, 1938

MR. JOSEPH SHEPPARD MIZELL DIED. Joseph Sheppard Mizell, who for a number of years has been prominent in the business life of Florida, died December 7th at his home in Lakeland, Fla. from a stroke. He was 71 years old and a native of Charlton County. He was associated with the Ford Agency in Lakeland. Interment was in Oak Hill Park, Lakeland. Mrs. L.E. Mallard was his sister.

MR. EMANUEL KNOWLES, PIONEER CITIZEN, DIED. Emanuel Knowles, of the Camp Pinckney community, died at his home Friday night, December 16, after a lingering illness. About a year ago he underwent an operation in Jacksonville. His friends were hopeful for a time but he took a turn for the worse and the end came to relieve his suffering. He came to this county from Green Cove Springs, Fla. when a young man. He joined the Camp Pinckney Baptist Church more than forty years ago and was a Deacon most of these years. He was a kind father and a model husband, a courteous and accommodating neighbor He was the father of twelve children, five dead and seven living, all married and all living in the Camp Pinckney neighborhood. They are Lizzie, wife of Herbert Huling, Nona, wife of Jimmy Sanderson, Clara, wife of Charles Lloyd; Earnest, Levi, Jeffrey and Alfred. Interment was in the Folkston cemetery.

FOLKSTON’S MASONS ELECT NEW OFFICERS. The following are officers elected for the coming year for the Folkston Masonic Lodge: Zelton Conner, J.T. Conner, C.P. Stapleton, Raymond Banks, Wm. Mizell, Jr., T.C. Gowen, C.J. Wright, Wilbur Wright, G.R. Burch, Rev. R.W. Waterman and V.A. Quarterman.

MRS. GEORGIA PETTY ALDRIDGE DIED. Mrs. Georgia Aldridge, 66, wife of Jesse Aldridge, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.G. Baxter in Waycross. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Tom, Foster and Robert Aldridge, all of Waycross; four daughters, Mrs. Cora Crews, Mrs. E.G. Baxter, Mrs. Esther Crews of Folkston and Miss Lois Aldridge; three brothers, Harry Petty, Sam Petty and Colonel Petty; also three sisters, Mrs. Helen Hodges, Mrs. Jim Jones and Mrs. Bob Jones. Funeral services were held at High Bluff Church with burial in the High Bluff Cemetery.

NEW STOKES BABY, MARY ANN. Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Stokes announce the birth of a fine baby girl born last Friday. The little lady weighed five and a half pounds on arrival and has been given the name Mary Ann. Mother and baby are reported to be getting along nicely.

INFANTILE PARALYSIS CLOSED SCHOOLS IN TATTNALL. The presence of at least three cases of Infantile Paralysis in the Cobbtown section of Tattnall County resulted last Friday in the closing of the Reidsville schools three days in advance of the usual starting date of the Christmas holidays.

December 30, 1938

ROSS-ASKEW WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Zelle Ross to Mr. Tom Askew took place December 16 at Fernandina. The announcement made public this week came as a surprise to the many friends of the popular young couple. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Lambrick, pastor of Fernandina Baptist Church. The bride is the sister of Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, Jr. and has been one of the popular teachers of the Folkston school for the past four years. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Askew and is connected with the Folkston Pharmacy. They will be at home to their friends in the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Vickery.

JOHN GIBSON WAS JUDGE OF FOX HOUNDS. John S. Gibson, president of the Fox Hunters Association of Georgia, judged the bench show of fox hounds held at Milledgeville this week. The show started Wednesday with several hundred hounds from Georgia and neighboring states entered.

WILDES-KENDRICKS WEDDING. The wedding of Miss Mildred Wildes and Mr. Grover Kendricks was a beautiful ceremony on Christmas Day at the home of the groom’s sister, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Huggins. Rev. Swoll Sawyer, Methodist pastor, performed the ceremony. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Wildes. Mr. Kendricks is associated with his father in the lumber business. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Kendricks.

CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIGHTS’ CELEBRATION. The singing of Christmas carols at the community ‘Tree of Lights’ directly in front of the courthouse on December 23rd was one of the most impressive features of the holidays in the Folkston community. A program of carols was presented by the Folkston Garden Club. There were a number of out of town visitors attending. The Garden Club also sponsored a city-wide program of decoration for the holiday season.

RACEPOND CHRISTMAS PROGRAM. Racepond rendered a fine Christmas program December 24th. . Miss Juannell Kendricks assisted by her mother and Mrs. C.W. Waughtel were directors of the children’s activities. C.W. Waughtel, the adult teacher of this fine class of young folks, gave a seven minute address. The meeting closed with prayer by Miss Geraldine Waughtel. After the meeting a real Santa Claus, Oswald Howard, took charge of the beautiful Christmas Tree and directed the delivering of many gifts consisting of candies, oranges and bananas. He was thoughtful and thorough and no one, old or young, was missed. There were sixty persons present. This class meets every Wednesday night.

PRESCOTT-BEALE WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Sally Prescott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Prescott to Burgin W. Beale of Augusta was performed December 24 at the home of the bride, Rev. L.M. McDonald officiating. The bride is a graduate of Charlton County High School and is now a teacher at Graham, Ga. Mr. Beale is assistant paymaster of the John King Manufacturing Co. in Augusta.

UPTONVILLE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM. The largest crowd ever assembled in the community building at Uptonville met Monday night to render a Christmas program. There were more than 115 persons present. Twenty seven visitors from Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church were there, two carloads from Waycross including Rev. Dixon with his famous singing quartet were on hand to help with the program. Mrs. C.W. Waughtel played the piano. The meeting opened with singing sacred songs followed with prayer by Owen Dinkins. More singing and five-minute speeches given by Rev. Dixon and C.W. Waughtel, then a reading by Lois Brooks. The real treat of the evening was piano performance of little miss Hilda Grace Miller, age seven, who played selections from Lohengrin’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ and Alton Dinkins who played ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Long Ago’. These little players are an inspiration to this progressive community. After several selections by the choir and the quartet, the meeting closed with benediction by Rev. Dixon. This Singing Choir meets every Monday night with the adult school at the community house.

NEW NAZWORTH BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Corbett Nazworth, Winokur, announce the birth of a fine baby boy born Christmas Eve. They are very proud of their Christmas gift.

LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN. Folkston is very much like other small towns, not so good as some we have seen and much better than some others. The people of a small town take a great interest in what their neighbors are doing. If the neighbor does some good deed you hear but very, very little about it. But if the person gets out of line, look out, you will hear all about that from every corner.
Such is life in a small town. Don’t fool yourself with believing that you can get out of line and do anything that they don’t know about. One person can scatter it all over town in two days, and do a good job, because there’s plenty of help.
Many are very sus picious, looking for black spots. They often form wild opinions and accuse each other of things that are untrue. But you can’t fool them at what you do in a small town. They will surely give you credit for all the bad you are guilty of and much that you are innocent of.
People, of course with some exceptions, look after each other’s business in small towns. If a little illegal love affair springs up they all know about it and talk about it among themselves. If you drink a pint of liquor, they all know it, swear you’ve been drunk a week and begin to talk delirium tremens. If you beat them, won’t pay your debts, they all know about it and give you hól. If you happen to be hard to extract a dollar from and uncharitable, they all know about it and they get yours on the side.
But they can’t be fooled. They know all that’s going on and talk much that is not going on. Such is life in a small town. They guard each other and do much good by trying not to injure.

NEW HILTON BABY. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hilton of Racepond announce the birth of a fine baby girl born during the Yuletide. The mother and baby are getting along nicely.

ERLIS HUGGINS PAINFULLY INJURED. Erlis Huggins, brother of Lee Huggins, while hunting rabbits near Homeland Tuesday, in some manner shot himself in the wrist of his right hand with a .22 rifle. Dr. A.D. Williams removed the bullet which lodged on the back side of his hand. At this time the lad is doing as well as can be expected. The rabbit escaped, it is reported.

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