Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1941

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 5, 1941

CITY ELECTION HELD AT LAST MINUTE. Folkston city officials seem to be conducting the city’s affairs so smoothly and without friction that the annual city election, which the charter provides shall be on the first Tuesday in December, sort of slipped up on the voters, including even the city officials themselves. Someone happened to remember just in the nick of time that Folkston was due to hold a city election Tuesday and Justice of the Peace W.E. Banks and former sheriff W.H. Mizell as his assistant duly opened the polls at the appointed hour in the office of Sheriff Sikes. The only candidates to qualify, whose names appeared on the typewritten ballots were C.F. Adkins, Councilman to succeed Clyde Gowen and Mrs. Gertrude W. Johnson for City Clerk to succeed the late clerk O.F. Wilson. A total of ten ballots were cast during the day and these candidates were duly elected which will constitute the only changes in Folkston’s official family for 1942.

ASKEW HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Askew located on the highway just beyond the northern city limits of Folkston was completely destroyed by fire about 9:00 o’clock Friday morning. The flames were discovered in the rear of the building and was first noticed by C.W. Waughtel who was passing. He called one of the girls in the nearby cafe. An alarm was telephoned in to Folkston and a number of people responded but with no water supply available, nothing could be done to halt the flames. The household goods in the first floor were removed but everything on the second floor went up in smoke along with the house. Hard work on the part of the volunteer fire fighters prevented spreading the flames to the cafE and garage buildings. The Askew family are occupying rooms in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Buchanan. He plans to rebuild on the same site in the near future.

DISTRICT POSTMASTERS MEET HERE. The regular fall meeting of the 8th District Postmasters Association with representatives from all the twenty counties in attendance was held in Folkston Saturday evening. Postmaster Verne Pickren of this city was host to the 75 or more visitors here for the occasion.

WAUGHTEL-NORWOOD WEDDING. The wedding Wednesday night of Miss Geraldine Waughtel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Waughtel, and Mr. Rudolph Norwood, son of Mr. M. Norwood of Homeland took place in Homeland Methodist Church with Rev. George Erwin reading the marriage lines before a large gathering of relatives and friends. Miss Beulah Lee Waughtel was her sister’s maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Estelle Russell, Mrs. James Vickers. The groom’s best man was Mr. Bert Harden. Ushers were Guy Gibson and Albert Gowen. A reception was given by the bride’s parents at the City Hall immediately following the wedding. They will make their home in Homeland.

BUSINESS MACHINE FOR COMMERCIAL CLASS. There has just been added to the equipment in the commercial class, advance business practice, in Charlton County High School the latest model of Burroughs desk-type adding-subtracting bookkeeping machine. No other high school in the Jacksonville area, including those in the city of Jacksonville offer such training for its commercial pupils.

NIGHT CLASSES IN COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS. Several people have asked about the possibility of getting training in shorthand, typing and bookkeeping in night classes. A class may be organized under these conditions: Provided a sufficient number of people are interested; Classes will meet two nights a week. If you are interested, sign up with Miss Chute before December 15th so that books may be ordered.

HOME DEFENSE UNIT ORGANIZED. Monday night at the courthouse an organization of the Charlton County Home Defense Unit was completed with the assistance of Major Lee Purdom, Capt. E.E. Dell and members of the Waycross unit. The local unit will be furnished with rifles and uniforms and will hold weekly drills on Monday nights. Named as officers of the local unit were the following: O.C. Mizell, Captain; A.J. Hopkins, Jr. Lt.; Gene Aldridge, lst Sgt.; Bert Harden and J.O. Hannaford, Line Sgts.; T.C. Gowen, Supply Sgt.; L.D. Majors, William Barefoot and J.E. Harvey, Jr., Cpls. Several of the officers are veterans of the World War. Others have had military training in the ROTC units in military school. There were more than the required number of volunteers to make up the unit and plans are being considered for another unit.

MRS. ETHEL PAULINE ANDERSON RODDENBERRY DIED. Mrs. Ethel Pauline Roddenberry, age 46, widow of the late N.E. Roddenberry of Winokur, died Tuesday in a Waycross hospital following a brief illness. News of her death came as a deep shock to her many friends throughout the county. She was a member of the Anderson family, one of the county’s most prominent and widely known pioneer families. She had been engaged in the mercantile business at Winokur for the past several years having assumed management of the business following the death of her husband. Survivors include two sons, Cecil Roddenberry and Delmas Roddenberry, also three brothers, W.L. Anderson, R.F. Anderson and M.L. Anderson and two sisters, Mrs. M. A. Rozier and Mrs. J.L. Raulerson. Funeral services were held at the Hickox cemetery.

RED CROSS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CHAIRMEN LISTED. Local Red Cross officials are very much gratified to announce the Red Cross membership drive for Charlton County has been unusually good. Mrs. Louise Thompson, roll call chairman, said that her committee was composed of the following members: Mrs. Troy Conner, Mrs. Pearce Stapleton, Mrs. O.E. Raynor, Miss Marward Bedell, Mrs. J.A. Barker, Mrs. Slayton Daugherty, Mrs. Lonnie Tucker, Mrs. W.D. Thompson, Mrs. Zelton Conner and T.W. Wrench.

MISS MIZELL NOT INJURED IN TRAIN-TRUCK WRECK. Miss Audrey Mae Mizell, a clerk in the local post office, probably owes her life to her prompt action in jumping from a truck just an instant before it was struck by a speeding Atlantic Coast Line Streamliner at the Main Street crossing Sunday morning. Driving the truck belonging to the Folkston Furniture Co. she was returning after carrying the daughter of Mrs. Matthews to Sunday School. She failed to see or hear the train until it was almost upon her and when she realized a collision was inevitable, she jumped from the truck, leaving it in motion. The truck just failed to clear the track ahead of the train which struck its rear wheels, resulting in considerable damage to the machine.

December 12, 1941

AMERICA AT WAR WITH JAPAN AFTER TREATUROUS ATTACK. Sunday, when without warning, the Japanese sneaked in like thieves in the night and bombed Pearl Harbor, Honolulu in the Philippines, the United States was immediately at war in her own defense. However, when Congress convened Monday morning war was officially proclaimed upon Japan at the request of President Roosevelt. So Uncle Sam is now at war officially with the yellow bandits of Japan and unofficially with all of Hitler’s German forces. This means that the people of America are a united people. It is now the full duty of every liberty-loving individual in America to put his or her shoulder to the wheel and do all possible in whatever place they are best fitted for, to help bring complete victory to our beloved country. In this, America will not be found wanting for this is a United America and we’ll stand four-square against any treacherous aggressor. The sword is drawn and by the help of God and our own strong unity, it shall not be sheathed until it is crowned with a glorious victory.

EDITORIAL. Everyone needs to know that they have a part in this drama now being enacted in our country. While the military forces fight we must all bear in mind that it takes 18 civilians to maintain one man of the forces that defend us. This does not include those who farm for feeding the civilian population. There is something everyone can do to help save the way of life of America as we have always known it. One of the things we people in Charlton County can do is to create a cash crop. An order came to C.W. Waughtel this week for 200 pounds of shelled pecans and several were given employment shelling out the "goodies" to fill the order. This past year more broiler or fryer chickens in and around Folkston were sold, averaging 25 cents a pound. Indications are that meat productions can be made to pay a good profit. An example of what can be done in the egg production business is that of Troy and J.P. Conner. They started out the past spring with 2,000 baby chicks. Roosters were sold as broilers at 22 cents a pound. This left 960 pullets. They are now in 85% production, 700 eggs are gathered twice daily. When two new poultry men can get into business in one season and produce net returns of $100.00 per week we have a worthwhile lesson for everyone.

PAGEANT CANCELLED. Officials of the Folkston Garden Club announce that the Christmas pageant planned for the holiday season has been called off and will not be presented this year. This action probably is taken because of the upset in plans brought about by the sudden plunge of this nation into war.

R.E. TITTLE MOVES. R.E. Tittle who served as the Supt. of the recently disbanded CCC has taken charge of the CCC camp located at St. Marks, Fla. He was accompanied to his new post by Jim Williams who served with him here at the local camp.

"THE CALL OF YOUTH", senior class play, is to be performed December 19th. Come and relive with the characters the exciting moments as they portray this life-like bit of drama. Those serving on committees are: Music between acts, Ann Hopkins and Marion Pickren; Business manager and committee: Joan Purvis, Alice Mizell, Cumie Threlkeld, Idell Russell; Advertising, Wilma Loper, Jewell Conner, Vandilla Lowther; Properties, Rosalie Southwell, Jackie Sikes, Bessie Askew, Osworth Howard; Stage, Hurder Colson, Leila Mae Prescott, Earl Crews; Costume, Velma Prevatt, Delores Wilson; Prompter, Wanda Gibson; Newspaper articles, Margie Scott.

GEORGIA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED. A county unit organization of the Georgia Education Association was organized last week with Guy Bentley as president and S.J. Smith as secretary. It was decided to hold monthly meetings.

RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY BRIDGES UNDER GUARD BY ARMY SQUAD. The war moved suddenly into the peaceful environs of Charlton County this week when a detachment of soldiers from the regular Army forces was sent here to guard the Atlantic Coast Line and Highway No. One bridges across the St. Marys River four miles south of the city. These bridges are vital links in two of the most important transportation arteries on the eastern seaboard and will be kept under constant guard against possible sabotage. The detachment consists of 12 or 15 men who will serve here until they can be relieved by local guard units. Training for this service began yesterday under Capt. Mizell and Lt. Hopkins. The local unit is to be armed and furnished uniforms by the federal government but will be paid by the state, it is understood. It is also reported that orders have been received from the War Department by Leon Askew in charge of the local airport, to remain available at all hours during the night to put into effect a black-out at the landing field if such action becomes necessary.

HOME DEFENSE UNIT COMPLETELY ORGANIZED. The reorganization of the Home Defense Unit of Charlton County was completed Monday. The newly elected Captain, Clifford Mizell, with a full corps of officers, was selected with the following personnel: Clifford Mizell, Captain; Alva Hopkins, Lt.; E.C. Aldridge, lst Sgt.; Bert Harden and J.O. Hannaford, Sgts.; Tom Gowen, Supply Sgt.; Guy Gibson, Co. Clerk; Bill Barefoot, J.E. Harvey, L.D. Majors and E.C. Gowen, Corporals. The local unit is composed of 41 men, all of whom have been signed up and made a good showing Wednesday at drill. Monday night will be the regular meeting night.

WALLACE GIBSON SERVING IN WAR ZONE. Wallace Gibson, son of W.E. Gibson, who has been serving in the U.S. Navy for the past several years, has been stationed in Manila for several months. He is now with a radio detachment at the Cavite station, thirty miles from Manila in the midst of the Philippines war area. This has been under heavy attack by Japanese war planes. Up to this time, there has been no report of casualties.

WAR DECLARED ON GERMANY AND ITALY. The news came by radio yesterday morning that the government of Germany and Italy had formally declared war on the United States, placing the vast military resources of these nations into the struggle and support of their partner, Japan. The Congress of the United States convened at noon yesterday and war was declared on Germany and Italy by unanimous action after the message from President Roosevelt had been read before a joint session.

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS CONTINUE AS USUAL. The people of Folkston and Charlton County are going ahead with preparations for the observance of the Christmas season in the usual manner in spite of the fact that the nation has suddenly been plunged into activities of war that will very likely strain our resources to the limit. The community Christmas tree known as "The Tree of Lights" will have multicolored lights as in years past. The city will be decorated unless orders come for the dreaded "black-out" already enforced in our Pacific coast cities. The community Christmas tree will be in its customary location, in front of the county courthouse and will be sponsored by the local Garden Club.

H.S. MATTOX HAS HEART ATTACK. Tuesday morning while inspecting cross ties in the local yard H.S. Mattox suffered a serious heart attack, falling unconscious to the ground. He was taken to the hospital in Waycross and reports yesterday said he was under the influence of sedatives and unconscious of things about him. He has not been in his usual good health since an operation a couple of years ago, although he resumed his job inspecting ties in Folkston. As he is now 75 years of age, his many friends are uneasy about his recovery.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR RODDENBERRY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. James Roddenberry announce the birth of a fine baby girl born December 14th. Mother and child went home Tuesday.

NEW BABY BOY FOR NAZWORTHS. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Nazworth a fine baby boy on December 5th. Mrs. Nazworth and the baby left the hospital Monday.

NEW PIANO FOR HOMELAND CHURCH. The Woman’s Society of Christian Service of the Homeland Methodist Church announces complete payment for the nice piano recently purchased and installed.

LIST OF MEMBERS OF RED CROSS CHAPTER. The Herald is glad to give a list of the active members of the Charlton County Red Cross as reported from a recent roll call: Mrs. D.L. Hebard, Jack Thompson, William Mizell, Mrs. B.G. McDonald, John Harris, Dr. W.R. McCoy, V.A. Hodges, Troy Conner, Tom Askew, Mrs. Estell Ward, Estelle Russell, Wilbur Wright, Theo Dinkins, Mrs. Jim McKendree, Zelton Conner, E.C. Gowen, Tom Gowen, R.A. Boyd, V.J. Pickren, Mrs. W.E. Banks, L.E. Mallard, L.E. Stokes, C.J. Passieu, John S. Tyson, Mrs. Ben Rodgers, W.W. Pickren, Dr. A. Fleming, Mrs. Jack Thompson, Mrs. Hamilton Daniels, Dr. A.D. Williams, J.B. Pearce, Mrs. H.C. Page, J.M. Roddenberry, Mrs. Edgar Allen, Dr. W.J. Schneider, Rev. Swoll Sawyer, Mrs. W.W. Pickren, O.R. Thompson, Mrs. J.L. Sawyer, Dr. J.L. Sawyer, Jim McKendree, Mrs. R.A. Boyd, E.B. Stapleton, D.L. Gowen, J.V. Gowen, Jr., Mrs. Kirby Jones, Mrs. Everett Smith, R. Ward Harrison, Eugene Williams, W.H. Robinson, Marion Pearce, W.D. Thompson, Louise Brockman, O.E. Raynor, Mrs. O.E. Raynor, Mrs. M. G. White, Mrs. M.E. Clay, Mrs. W.E. Gibson, Mrs. James Purdom, Mrs. Slayton Daughtry, Miss Gainey, W.R. Allen, A.J. Hopkins, Margaret Littlefield, Mrs. Shelton Monroe, Mrs. J.B. Southwell, Mrs. W.J. Togdlander, Mrs. B.S. Johnson, Mrs. T.E. Jones, Marward Bedell, Eleanor Cockrell, Mrs. J.C. Littlefield, Mrs. R.E. Tittle, Mrs. P.O. Stokes, Mrs. J.H. Johnson, Mrs. E.H. Johnson, Mrs. A.R. Johnson, Mrs. R.W. Waterman, Mrs. L.D. Majors, Miss Gertrude Proctor, R.E. Tittle, Mrs. A.R. Gowen, Beryl Barnes, J.S. Haddock, C.F. Adkins, B.S. Johnson, John Banks, Russell Johnson, Mrs. C.P. Stapleton, C.P. Stapleton, Bernice Pearce, F.S. Sollinger, Carl Johnson, L.E. Roberts, Mrs. N.H. Stokes, Mrs. T.B.Witty, Mrs. S.W. Holzendorf, S.T. Cockrell, Melvin Conner, Leon Norman, J.A. Banks, Helen Mizell, Mrs. A. Fleming, Mayme Askew, Mrs. H.D. Templeton, J.M. Vickers, T.W. Wrench, Howard Wrench, Henry Thomas, Gordon Jacobs, Job Zarfos, Mrs. A. Roberts, Mrs. Carrie McLeod, Mrs. Rudolph Norwood, C.W. Waughtel, Fred Kottman, Mrs. E.B. Stapleton, Miss Bernice Pearce, Eli Waughtel and Mrs. John Harris.

December 19, 1941

HOME DEFENSE BOYS THANK CITIZENS. The officers of the Charlton County Home Defense unit have requested the Herald to express their thanks for the financial support given them by so many of Charlton County’s patriotic citizens. It is greatly appreciated. The boys on guard duty will operate their own mess hall at camp and a majority of the merchants have offered to sell all supplies at cost.
HOME DEFENSE CORPS TO GUARD BRIDGE. The U.S. government has asked the people of Charlton County to assume responsibility for guarding the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad bridge across the St. Marys River and all local guard duties that may become necessary. As long as the boys serve in the local Home Defense Corps they will not be called to serve outside the limits of the county.

JOHN C. WHITE IS AVIATOR IN AIR FORCE. John C. White, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White, has qualified for future service as an aviator in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was one of a group of Georgia boys to get their wings at Randolph Field, Texas on December 12th. They will go on duty with a unit of the Air Force Combat Command.

HAMILTON STANLEY MATTOX DIED. The death Sunday morning in a Waycross hospital of Hamilton Stanley Mattox, life long citizen of Charlton County and member of one of the county’s most prominent pioneer families, is mourned by the entire county where he was widely known and held in the highest regard. He was stricken with a heart attack at his home December 13th, and taken to the hospital. The end came Sunday morning. He was 76 years old, having been born in this county in 1865, just after the close of the War Between the States. He was a son of the late Captain J.M. Mattox who came to Charlton from Tattnall County in the early days and served with distinction during the War. Mr. Mattox was twice married, his first wife being Miss Fannie Hardee, only child of Abraham Hardee from North Carolina, and mother of all of his children. His second wife, by whom he is survived, was Mrs. Nannie Mae Shuman, formerly Miss Nannie Mae Orr from Washington County, Ga. His oldest son, Robert H. Mattox, an officer in the U.S. Navy, died about two years ago and was buried with honors at Arlington. He served several terms as Sheriff of Charlton County. He was the oldest member of the Folkston Masonic Lodge, joining while the lodge was still located at old Centreville. He was a faithful member of the Folkston Methodist Church. Besides his wife, survivors include four daughters, Mrs. W.J. Jones, Mrs. F.S. Vanderhyde, Mrs. Lois Mattox Miller and Miss Dorothy Mattox and one son, A.M. Mattox; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Folkston Methodist Church and interment was in the Folkston cemetery with member of the Folkston Masonic Lodge forming an honorary escort.

SCHOOL GROUPS PLAN ACTIVE PROGRAM. Since the declaration that a state of war exists between the United States and the Axis powers the pupils of the Folkston schools have been doing some serious thinking and in response to the personal question "What can I as a member of my school do to help win this war?" a number of sound suggestions have been made. From the Senior High: Contribute some type of patriotic service; Buy defense stamps; Practice thrift; Serve country by doing our school work better; Study to advantage; Attend regularly; Do physical work for America; Knit and sew; Plant large gardens; Conserve products needed for defense. Junior High pupils said: Buy defense stamps; Collect scrap iron and aluminum; Sew and knit; Do the best school work; Take military training; Save newspapers and wrapping papers; Obey teachers; Be thrifty with pencil and paper; Donate to the Red Cross.

ADDITIONAL MONEY NEEDED FOR RED CROSS. The Red Cross has asked Charlton County for $1,050.00 additional money besides the Roll Call membership. Reports are that people all over Georgia are responding to this great cause of War Relief. E.B. Stapleton, War Relief chairman is ready to accept money for this great cause. He has appointed the following committees. Moniac: George Chism, Mrs. Ralph Knabb, Johnnie Canaday, Mrs. Slayton Daugherty, quota, $125.00. St. George: Mrs. Walter Hopkins, J.A. Barker, N.J. Norman, S.J. Stubbs, Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Stokes, quota, $180.00. Traders Hill: Ralph Davis, C.H. Gibson, Dean Gowen. Quota, $100.00. Winokur: M.D. Thrift, W.H. Prescott, Holland Brown. Quota, $80.00. Uptonville: S.M. Howard. Racepond, Mrs. Lonnie Tucker, Martha Lee Wainwright, Russell Johnson. Quota: $140.00. Folkston: E.B. Stapleton, W.D. Thompson, Mrs. Troy Conner, Mrs. Jack Thompson, Mrs. Hamilton Daniels. Quota $425.00. Schools: $97.70.

CHARLTON REPRESENTED AT MACON DEFENSE MEETING. A delegation of Charlton County citizens went up to Macon Sunday to attend a State Defense meeting called by Gov. Talmadge to formulate plans for defense activities in Georgia. Included in the delegation from this county were E.B. Stapleton, O.E. Raynor, J.O. Sikes, William Mizell and Mr. and Mrs. John B. Southwell.

DEFENSE UNIT OFFICERS ATTEND MEETING IN MACON. Capt. O.C. Mizell, accompanied by P.O. Stokes, L.D. Majors, Tom Gowen of the Charlton County Home Defense Unit went to Camp Wheeler Sunday to attend a meeting in which plans and instructions regarding the work of the organization were outlined.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NEED TELEPHONE. At the County Commissioners meeting this month a motion was made and carried to ask the telephone company to transfer the telephone from Sheriff Sikes office to the County Commissioners office, if this was agreeable with Mr. Sikes.

December 26, 1941

JUDGE A.S. McQUEEN MOVES TO NEW HOME. Judge McQueen and family have moved into their new home. The home formerly occupied by Judge McQueen has been sold to Maurice E. Powell, Atlantic Coast Line operator here for the past several years.

MOUNT ZION CHRISTMAS PROGRAM. A great many people of the Homeland community attended the Christmas program at Mount Zion Church last Sunday night.

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