August 30, 2011 at 12:02 am (Law and Order)
Tags: Charlie Smith, Fargo GA, J. H. Touchton, James Lenten Parrish, Jim Steedley, Kay D. Devane, Lawton Allen, Okefenokee Swamp, Oscar Delmar Ogilvie, Ray City GA, Ray Jackson Cribbs, W. D. Gillis, W. W. Davis
In 1967 J. H. Touchton, Agent for the Georgia Department of Revenue, was living in Ray City, GA. On January 29 of that year he was in on the bust of a giant moonshine still down in the Okefenokee Swamp near Fargo, GA. It seems amazing that they were still making serious quantities of moonshine down in the swamp as late as 1967. Perhaps they still do…
Clinch County News reports giant moonshine still busted, January 29, 1967.
Clinch County News
February 3, 1967
Giant ‘Shine Still Was Seized Close to Fargo
FARGO –Revenue agents knocked over a 14,400-gallon moonshine whiskey still, described as operated by a state-wide syndicate, near Fargo Monday night. In the process the agents made five arrests, including one juvenile.
The still was a mile east of Fargo on the Suwannee river and consisted of eight 1800-gallon distillery vats containing 10,800 gallons of mash. Confiscated were 240 gallons of liquor, which was dumped, a 1963 model pickup truck with 7 butane gas cylinders, a 1962 luxury automobile, and thirty 60-pound sacks of sugar.
Gordon Warren, head of the federal alcohol and tobacco tax office at Valdosta, said three adults arrested are part of a “big liquor syndicate in the state. They have prior records and are well known to our department.” He described the still as “one of the biggest I’ve ever seen.”
Arrested and charged with manufacture of the non-tax paid whiskey were Ray Jackson Cribbs, 29, Lyons, Ga., James Lenten Parrish, 27, Vidalia, Ga., Oscar Delmar Ogilvie, 44 College Park, Ga., a 16-year old Fargo youth, and Jim Steedley, 66, of Fargo.
The still was capable of producing 1,920 gallons of moonshine a week at a cost to the taxpayers of $28,800 which is the amount of taxes the government is cheated of in the sale of that much whiskey, according to W. W. Davis, regional supervisor for the Georgia Dept of Revenue.
Participating in the raid, according to Davis, were state agents K. D. DeVane of Lakeland, W. D. Gillis of Pearson, J. H. Touchton of Ray City, Federal agents from Valdosta, and Sheriff Charlie Smith and Deputy Lawton Allen.
Warren said the site had been under observation for several days. He said investigation shows a state liquor syndicate has started moving its operations in this south Georgia area. “There are some big operators back of this thing,” he said.
The big bust of 1967 was at Fargo, GA but State revenuers worked also worked their share of moonshine stills in and around Berrien county.
Destruction of a Berrien County moonshine still, 1960. On the left is Georgia Department of Revenue agent Kay Devane. The man kneeling on the right may be Revenue Agent J. H.Touchton of Ray City, GA. (Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com)
August 28, 2011 at 12:54 am (Shaw Family)
Tags: Asa Ollie Causey, Beauregard Franklin Shaw, Cat Creek Road, Jerry A. Shaw, Mary Catherin Beagles, Mary Vera Shaw, Pavo Georgia, Pleasant Church, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill GA
Mary Vera Shaw, mentioned in the previous post 1922 Spring Fever Hits Ray City, was a daughter of Mary Catherine “Minnie” Beagles and Beauregard Franklin Shaw. She was born May 21, 1905 in Berrien County, GA and spent her early childhood on her father’s farm on the Ray’s Mill & Cat Creek Road in Militia District 1329, the Connell’s Mill district.
When she was about eight years old her father died. By the census of 1920 her widowed mother had moved the family to a farm on one of the ‘settlement roads’ near Ray City, GA. Next door was Jerry A. Shaw.
On January 20, 1925 at age 19 Mary Vera Shaw married Asa Ollie Causey. He was a farmer more than twice her age, a widower with children of his own. After marriage, Vera and Asa Causey made their home in Pavo, GA.
In the Fall of 1932, Vera Shaw Causey came down with pneumonia. She died Nov 14, 1932 and was buried at Pleasant Cemetery near Ray City, GA.
Mary Vera Shaw, husband Asa Ollie Causey, and son Herman Ollie Causey, circa 1928. Mary Vera Shaw grew up in and near Ray City, GA.
August 27, 2011 at 7:49 am (Gaskins Family, Society and Leisure, Watson Family)
Tags: Albert Bradford, Bell Wetherington, Beulah Lee, Cat Creek GA, Clinton D. Connell, Daniel Jackson Gaskins, Ethelyn Terry, Eula Lee Connell, Flemming B. Gaskins, Fred S. Williams, Gola Gaskins, Golie Lee Gaskins, Grover Combs, Harvey J. Clements, Hayne Bowden, Henry Clements, Herman Adrian Williams, Jack Terry, James Alford Webb, Jennie Watson, John A. Lee, John Strickland, Julia McClelland, Lilla Gaskins, Linie Gaskins, Linton A Wetherington, Lois GA, Mae Bowden, Mamie Connell, Margaret Gaskins, Mary E. Gaskins, Mary V. Terry, Mary Vera Shaw, Minnie Gaskins, Mona Strickland, O. B. Connell, Onnie Strickland, Oscar B. Connell, Pearlie Ann Register, Ray City Band, Reedy M. Connell, Ressa Bowden, Robert E. Lee of Ray City, Samuel I Watson, Sarah Elizabeth Gray, Vida Inez Webb, Wealthy Mathis, William Thomas Gaskins
In these Valdosta Daily Times personal mentions from the spring of 1922, the Ray City news items were mostly about the social activities of the young people of the community. An interesting note is the mention of the Ray City Band and the musical troupe’s excursion to Valdosta, GA.
Valdosta Daily Times
April 6, 1922.
RAY CITY ITEMS
Ray City, Ga., April 5. –Miss Eula Lee Connell and Miss Lilla Gaskins, accompanied by Miss Connell’s parents, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Connell, of Valdosta.
Miss Gola Tom Gaskins was the guest of Miss Gola Flem Gaskins Saturday night and Sunday. They were accompanied by Mr. Harvey Clements Sunday afternoon for an afternoon ride.
Mr. Fred Williams was the company of Miss Inez Webb Sunday afternoon.
Miss Eula Walden spent Sunday with Miss Mae Bowden.
The Ray City band went to Valdosta Sunday afternoon for a concert with them.
Mis Beulah Lee spent the weekend with Miss Jennie Watson.
Miss Gola Tom Gaskins will be the guest of Miss Eula Lee Connell during the week-end of Easter.
Mr. Grover Combs was a visitor to Miss Minnie Gaskins Saturday afternoon.
Miss Mary Shaw and Miss Julia McClelland spent Saturday night and Sunday with Miss Mona Strickland.
Mr. Albert Bradford was a visitor to Miss Rachel Wetherington last Saturday night.
Mr. Adrian Williams was the visitor of Miss Ethelyn Terry Sunday night.
Eighteen year-old Lilla Gaskins, was a daughter of Daniel Jackson Gaskins and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Gray. The Gaskins made their home on Cat Creek Road in the Lois community. Lilla’s friend and neighbor, Eula Lee Connell, age 14, was a daughter of Clinton D Connell and Reedy M Connell. That week, Lilla travelled with the Connells to visit their relatives, Mamie and Oscar B. Connell, in Valdosta, GA. Later, Lilla Gaskins would serve as the Berrien County Clerk of the Superior Court.
Another neighbor and cousin was sixteen year old Golie Gaskins, daughter of Mary E. and Flemming B. Gaskins. She was was visiting with another cousin of the same name and age who was the daughter of Linie and William Thomas Gaskins. Their companion was Harvey J. Clements, son of Henry Clements of Ray City.
Vida Inez Webb, of Ray City, was a daughter of James Alford Webb and Pearlie Ann Register. In 1922, she was being courted by Fred S. Williams of Cat Creek. They were married the following year.
Mae Bowden was a daughter of Ressa and Hayne Bowden. The Bowdens had a home on Main Street in Ray City, where her father was a barber.
Beulah Lee was the 18 year old daughter of Wealthy Mathis and John A. Lee. They lived at Ray City on the Willacoochee Road, on the farm of Beulah’s brother, Robert E. Lee. She spent the last weekend of March, 1922 with her friend Jennie Watson. This may have been 18-year-old Jentis Watson, daughter of Samuel I. Watson who had a place on the Ray City & Mud Creek Road.
Miss Minnie Gaskins, another daughter of Daniel J. Gaskins and sister to Lilla Gaskins, was called upon by Grover Cleveland Combs, who would later own a restaurant in Valdosta.
Mona Strickland, 16 year-old daughter of John and Onnie Strickland of the Lois community near Ray City, entertained guests Julia McClelland, of Adel, and Mary Vera Shaw, of Ray City.
Rachel Wetherington was the 15-year-old daughter of Bell and Linton A Wetherington, of Cat Creek. Her visitor was Albert Bradford, a 19-year-old Gaskins cousin, son of the widow Maggie Gaskins Bradford, of Lois.
Ethelyn Terry was the 16-year-old daughter of Mary V. and Jack Terry. Her father had a farm on the Valdosta Road at Ray City. Her caller was Herman Adrian Williams of Cat Creek.
August 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm (Remedies and Medicine)
Tags: Archer FL, Briggs Carson, Dr. Bailey Fraser Julian, Ray's Mill GA, South Florida Railway Surgeon's Association, Stella Johnson Clement, Theresa Elma "Tessie" Swift, Waymer-Moore Telephone Company
For a brief period in the late 1890s, Dr. Bailey Fraser Julian, Jr. made his practice in Rays Mill, GA (nka Ray City). A fire on the night of Monday, October 3, 1898 burned out his drug store and office. Dr. Julian’s property was partially insured by Briggs Carson, a Tifton businessman who was an investor in the Waymer-Moore Telephone Company, among other interests.
Oct 7, 1898
Fire Near Tifton
Tifton, Ga., October 6. -(Special.)- The drug store and office belonging to Dr. B. F. Julian, at Ray’s Mill, was destroyed by fire Monday night last. Dr. Julian was away from home at the time and the origin of the fire is unknown. The loss was total and included a lot of clothing in the office. The loss is estimated at between $1,200 and $1,500, on which Briggs Carson of Tifton, carried insurance amounting to $800 in the Commercial Union.
Dr. Julian was born in June 1864 and raised in Vickery’s Creek, Forsyth County, Georgia. He was a son of Bailey Fraser Julian and Stella Johnson Clement. It appears that sometime after 1880 B.F. Julian, Jr. came to south Georgia. In 1890, Dr. Julian married Theresa Elma “Tessie” Swift. She was born September 19, 1869 in Wisconsin, and as a child had moved with her family to Clinch County, GA.
As a young man, Dr. Julian moved to Archer, Florida where he established his practice as a doctor and surgeon. From 1895 to 1897 Dr. B. F. Julian was a member of that Florida Medical Association. In 1895 he became a charter member of the South Florida Railway Surgeon’s Association which, according to the International Journal of Surgery, held its organizational meeting at Gainesville, FL in April of that year.
Dr. Julian was also present when the Plant System Railway Surgical Association met at Sanford, FL later that year. There, he read a paper titled “Fractures of the Vault of the Skull.”
In 1897, Dr. Julian tendered his resignation with the Florida Medical Association as he had moved his residence from Archer, FL to Tifton, GA. It appears that shortly thereafter he opened his business at Rays Mill. After the 1898 fire that destroyed his Rays Mill store and office, Dr. Julian moved to the Dupont District of Clinch County, where he and Tessie were enumerated in 1900.
About 1903, Dr. Julian moved back to Archer, FL. He apparently suffered from an extended illness and died on the 27th of March 1907. His obituary ran in the Gainesville Sun.
The Daily Sun: Gainesville, Florida
March 30, 1907
Death of Dr. Julian.
Information reached this city Friday of the death of Dr. B. F. Julian, about forty-nine years of age, who passed away at his home in Archer Tuesday night. The remains were taken to Stockton, Ga., where the interment was held.
Deceased was well know in this section, where he resided for many years. He was formerly a physician at Archer and enjoyed a good practice, but later went to Georgia where he was engaged in his profession for a number of years. He returned to Archer, however, about four years ago, where he has since resided.
Dr. Julian is survived by a devoted wife, to whom the sympathy of The Sun and friends is extended.
August 22, 2011 at 12:58 am (Clements Family, Society and Leisure)
Tags: Alma Clements, Alma Florence May, Bertie Carter, Bertie Moore, Cynthia Swindle, Dora Bradford, Frances Clements, Gladys Daniel, Gladys Knight, Hazel Bradham, Hod P. Clements, Inez Purvis, James Clements, Jessie Webb, Lawrence Carter, Mildred Clements, Peggy Carter, Ray City GA, W. R. McClure
Frances Clements, 1939 high school photo, Ray City, GA
An old Valdosta Daily Times newspaper clipping tells about the time the women of Ray City, GA threw a shower for Frances Clements, soon to be wed to Lawrence Carter of Valdosta. The hostesses for the occasion were Mrs. Yance Carter, Bertie Moore, Dora Bradford, Inez Purvis, Mrs. Jim Paulk, Gladys Knight, Hazel Bradham, Cynthia Swindle, Mrs. J.H. Swindle, Mrs. W.R. McClure, all of Ray City, GA and the groom’s mother, Bertie Carter, of Valdosta.
Frances Clements was the daughter of Hod P. Clements (Hosea Peeples Clements) and Alma Florence May. She was the sister of Mildred Lorene Clements and James Herman Clements.
Miss Frances Clements, bride elect, was the inspiration of a miscellaneous shower Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. E. M. Knight, prior to her marriage to Mr. Lawrence Carter of this city [Valdosta, Ga].
This attractive home was thrown en suite for the occasion and bouquets of mixed garden flowers were used to advantage in the living room. The attractively appointed refreshment table was overlaid with a white cutwork cloth, and was centered was an erpegne, a gift from Germany. Dainty white flowers encircled the punch bowl which was flanked by candelabra holding white tapers. Crystal platters held a variety of sandwiches, dainty sweets and tidbits.
Punch was served by Mrs. Peggy Carter, Mrs. Bill Bradham, Mrs. Jim Paulk, and Mrs. Leon Bradford.
The brides’ book was kept by Mrs. Mildred Moore, sister of the bride to be.
For this event the future bride was attired in green. Complementing her costume were brown accessories with a corsage of talisman roses.
Hostesses for this occasion were: Mrs. Y. F. Carter, Mrs. F.C. Moore, Mrs. Leon Bradford, Mrs. G.L. Webb, Mrs. H. P. Giddens, Mrs. Bill Bradham, Mrs. Artis Purvis, Mrs. Jim Paulk, Mrs. E.M. Knight, Mrs. G. P. Swindle, Mrs. J.H. Swindle, Mrs. L.L. Carter, Mrs. W.R. McClure.
After marriage, Frances Clements and Lawrence Carter built this home on Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA. At the time of construction, the home was located on the outskirts of the town.
August 21, 2011 at 1:59 am (Giddens Family, Society and Leisure)
Tags: Berrien County GA, Hardeman Giddens, Jacob Giddens, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill GA, Sarah Ann "Annie" Sirmans
Another note about Hardeman Giddens, Civil War veteran and extraordinary citizen of Berrien County. Giddens, a son of Jacob Giddens and Sarah Ann “Annie” Sirmans, had a farm near Rays Mill. He was born in March of 1844 in Lowndes (nka Berrien) County, Georgia, and lived to see the town incorporated as the city of Ray City, GA.
In the winter of 1891 the talk of the town was all about Giddens’ great fishing expedition:
December 17, 1891
A Big Fishing Frolic
TIFTON, Ga., December 16. -(Special.)- There was a big fishing frolic in Berrien county a few days ago, and thousands of the finest bream and trout were caught and carried away by all who attended. Mr. Hard Giddens and others were compelled to send home after an extra team to carry away the fish, the amount caught by them being estimated at not less than 800 pounds. Many others loaded their carts and filled their buggies in like manner. Those who were in a position to know say that there was not less than 3,000 pounds of fish caught there on that day, and as many more perhaps left in the water.
A Big Fishing Frolic. Dec 17, 1891.
August 20, 2011 at 12:11 am (Giddens Family, Society and Leisure)
Tags: 29th Georgia Regiment, Alapaha GA, Berrien County GA, Berrien Minute Men, Clinch County GA, Gaskins Cemetery, Hardeman Giddens, Harmon Gaskins, Jacob Giddens, James A. Fogle, John C. Lamb, Lowndes County GA, Lyman F. Giddens, Magnolia GA, Malissa Rowland Rouse, Martha J. Gaskins, Ocilla GA, Ray City GA, Sarah Ann "Annie" Sirmans, Thomas Connell, William Newton Fiveash, William Parrish
Hardeman Giddens (1843- 1910) led an active life that often caught the attention of citizens in Berrien County and beyond. In March of 1884, the Georgia Gossip was about the horse racing at Alapaha, GA, and whether Hardeman’s black stallion was as fast as he believed. The Challengers were W.N. Fiveash, Dr. Fogle, and Mr. Henley. William Newton Fiveash, a young man of Magnolia, GA and later of Ocilla, GA entered his bay pony. Dr. James A. Fogle, a surgeon trained during the Civil War, put his sorrel horse into the race. (Fogle was the original proprietor of the Alapaha hotel later known as the Schockley Hotel) The winner for the evening was Mr. Henley’s sorrel mare.
The Atlanta Constitution
25 Mar 1884, pg 2
Alapaha is now engaged in the pleasures of the turf. In a recent race — half mile heat – between Mr. W. N. Fiveash’s bay pony and Mr. Hart Gidden’s black horse, the bay came under the string two lengths ahead. The next race was between Dr. Fogles’s sorrel horse and Mr. Henley’s sorrel mare. The horse was beaten by a neck. Then, Mr. Giddens still believing in his black, a race was arranged between the black and Dr. Fogle’s sorrel. The sorrel was again the winner. The last race of the evening was between Fogle’s sorrel horse and Henley’s sorrel mare. Henley’s mare came under the string ahead, but it was claimed that if a good start had been obtained the horse would have won. The races were quite exciting and proved that Alapaha contains some good horseflesh.
Hardeman Giddens, born MAR 1844 in Lowndes (nka Berrien) County, Georgia , was a son of Jacob Giddens and Sarah Ann “Annie” Sirmans. The 1860 Census shows he was a resident of Berrien County at the time, Berrien having been cut out of Lowndes in 1856.
During the Civil War, Hardeman Giddens joined the 29th Georgia Regiment, Company D, the Berrien Minutemen, enlisting for 12 months. He mustered in at Sapelo Island, GA on 4 November 1861 as a private in Captain John C. Lamb’s Company D (later Company K) . Records show in 1862 he was on duty at Camp Young, near Savannah, GA. In October he was on extra duty there as a mail carrier. He was documented on payroll record rolls for April 1862, December 1862, and January – March 1863 at a rate of 25 cents. In September 1863, Hardeman Giddens was at the Battle of Chickamauga. His war experience and amazing good fortune in battle were the subject of a previous post: Civil War Bullet Dodger Hardeman Giddens Finally Catches One in 1887
Georgia 29th Infantry, monument at Chickamauga battle field.
After the war, Hardeman Giddens returned to Berrien County, GA. On the day before Valentines Day, February 13, 1870 he married Martha J. Gaskins. She was a daughter of Harmon Gaskins & Malissa Rowland Rouse, born on February 16, 1838 in Lowdnes Co, GA. Martha had been widowed twice. Her first husband was Thomas N. Connell, who died in the Civil War; her second was William Parrish.
After marriage, the Giddens made their home in the 1148th Georgia Militia District, where Hardeman was farming land valued at $225 dollars. His father Jacob Giddens, age 68, lived in Hardy’s household and assisted with farm labor.
In the census of 1880, Hardeman Giddens was enumerated in Georgia Militia District 1148 with his wife Martha, and sons James and Lyman.
In 1900, Hardeman Giddens and Martha, now his wife of 30 years, were living on the family farm near Ray City, GA. The Giddens owned the farm free and clear, and their two sons, Lyman and William, lived with them and helped their father work the farm. It seems Martha Giddens must have had a hard life. She birthed 9 children, only four of whom were living in 1900.
Martha J. Gaskins died in Berrien Co, GA on 26 February 1910 at age 72. The 1910 Census shows in that year Hardeman Giddens was living with his eldest son, Lyman F. Giddens, who was a prominent citizen, barber, and (later) mayor of Ray City, GA. Hardeman Giddens died later that year on October 2, 1910 and was buried in the Harmon Gaskins Family Cemetery, Berrien County, Georgia.
August 18, 2011 at 12:30 am (Guthrie Family)
Tags: Berrien County GA, Berry James Miley, Bryant Luther Miley, Hahira Georgia, John David Miley, Lessie Lee Guthrie, Lowndes County GA, Narcissus Miley, Narcissus Rouse, Ray City GA, Reba Miley
John David Miley, subject of earlier posts ( see The Marriage of John David Miley and Lessie Lee Guthrie ), married Lessie Guthrie of Ray City, GA. The Guthries were early pioneer families of Berrien County, and many of the family connection still reside in Ray City. John David Miley was a son of Narcissus Rouse and Bryant Miley. The Mileys were a prominent family in the local history of Hahira, Lowndes County, GA. Hahira is located about twelve miles west of Ray City.
Family of John David Miley, Hahira, GA. Circa 1906. Left to Right: Bryant Luther Miley, Berry James “B.J.” Miley, Reba Miley, John David Miley, Narcissus Rouse Miley.
Bryant Miley operated a grocery & butcher shop in Hahira. Later, after Bryant’s death in 1940, Narcissus had her own little grocery in town. B.J. Miley became a big tobacco trader, and a Hahira street one block south of Main bears his name.