Historical Inventory of Hamilton County, FL


Articles of Interest – 1931

January 8, 1931

“First Baby of the Year”

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wynn are the proud possessors of a fine boy, born on New Year’s eve. This young chap is entitled to the blue ribbon honors in Jasper as being the first arrival in the year 1931.


January 23, 1931

“Highway to Georgia Will Soon be Open”

According to information received from officials of the road department of Georgia, the highway between here and Valdosta will soon be completed and open to traffic straight through.

The stretch, which is being rebuilt, from Valdosta to the Florida line, has been closed, practically, for the past four months. It was part of one of the first road projects Georgia undertook a number of years ago and at the time it was build was believed to be the best in road construction, but as time wore on, and the traffic increased, it was learned that the surface was too light, consequently about a year ago it was decided to rebuild the line and as the weather has been adverse to construction, the people in this section have been compelled to take detours of “the old fashioned” type if they wanted to go to Valdosta ever since early last fall.

Engineers working on the construction now say that if they can have two or three days of continuous sunshine they will be able to place the final oil coating on the road making it waterproof.

The bad weather has been the element that has delayed the road’s being completed, engineers state. At any rate the road being closed has cost Jasper heavily as hundreds of touring cars have detoured by other routes which would have come this way if the road had been open.

The general traveling public will be glad to know that this route will soon be open to travel straight to point in Georgia and the Middle West.


January 23, 1931

“Suwannee River Bridge to be Built”

Contract for the building of the bridge across the Suwannee river at the edge of Suwannee county has been let to Austin Brothers Bridge Company, of Atlanta, Georgia, according to information received from the state highway department this week, the cost being $47,266.40, as their bid shows.

Work on the construction of the bridge is to be begun at once, it is understood, which will be good news to all in this part of the country as the absence of a bridge at the point has been a great inconvenience, not to say dangerous, because of the fact that the state highway board has not seen fit to properly mark the approaches from either direction.

The people of Hamilton and Suwannee counties have had to wait a long time for this bridge, the highway having been completed for some time. Why the bridge contract was not let long ago has been a matter of wonder but nothing could be done to stir the highway board until recently.

However, the letting of the contract settles the matter and we presume that within the next six or eight months we will be able to go to Live Oak without taking a mean, not to say, more or less, dangerous detour.


February 6, 1931

“Fiddlin’ John Coming”

Fiddlin’ John Carson, so well known to music lovers of Jasper, because he has been heard over the radio and phonograph records, will be in Jasper tonight, Friday February 6, at the High School auditorium at 7:30.

There will be a small admission of 15 and 25 cents charged to hear this wonderful “musicker” and it will be well for all to hear him that can do so.


February 12, 1931

“Carson Failed To Put in Appearance”

Fiddlin’ John Carson played a trick on a number of folks last Friday night when he failed to show up at the high school with his company to give a performance, as had been advertised under his direction.

Carson was in the city during the afternoon and invited some of his friends to come out and hear him but when time arrived for the performance to start there was no John.

He did not show up and it was learned later that he was seen to enter a car and drive out of the city about 4 o’clock. Why he decided not to keep his appointment, no one knows. It may be that he found that there were too many other attractions booked for the same night. At any rate several would like to know just what changed his mind at the last minute and why he did not advise with any of the school official before deciding to call the show off.


February 20, 1931

“Elementary Libraries Improved”

Jasper Elementary School is on the accredited list. To be accredited, each grade must have a certain number of books in the library. Our first six grades, until last year, have not had enough library books to be on the accredited list. This year every pupil has put forth an effort to make the elementary grades accredited and they have succeeded.

Each grade has been working to raise money for this cause. Many new and helpful books have been bought for the libraries of each of the grades this school term. Some books have also been donated by pupils and patrons of the school. Each book has helped to make our elementary grades accredited. We are proud to say we have the required number of books in each library. We hope to keep both our elementary grades and high schools on the accredited list. With the aid of pupils we shall be able to accomplish this.


February 27, 1931

“Big Water Carnival is Being Sponsored by Local Business Men”

The Marsh Water Exhibition, featuring Miss Lillian Marsh and Sunshine, the aquatic clown, with extra added features by Cleo Hastings, Babe Kellar and Richard Kellar, will be some of the features of the big entertainment given on the lot in the rear of the city hall this afternoon and tonight and again tomorrow afternoon and night. The afternoon entertainment will start at 3 o’clock, while the evening performances will take place at 7:30.

The feature of the afternoon performance will be a “leap for life” by Mickey O’Neill from a high ladder, blindfolded. At night he dives on fire into fire in a five foot tank.

Miss Lillian March is the diving queen of the acts and gives a clever performance of swimming and diving. Sunshine, the clown, will speak for himself.

The advance man of the attraction ambled into the office yesterday and proved to be the “human cork,” champion endurance swimmer who last summer stayed afloat for 73 hours and nine minutes. Several years ago he visited a number of cities in the state and gave daredevil and comedy acts which attracted large crowds. The cork, otherwise named Kellam, says it is a real pleasure to be able to bring his company to Jasper.

The attraction is being sponsored by Jasper merchants and business me, and permission to come here was granted by Mayor Black and the city council. There will be no admission charged, and everyone is invited to witness the performance both today and tomorrow. A large number of people are expected to be on hand for the entertainment.


March 6, 1931

“Water Exhibition Was Big Success”

The Marsh Water Carnival which was sponsored here by the merchants of the city for two days, Friday and Saturday was a huge success and the merchants and business men who had a part in the entertainment are to be congratulated for their interest in endeavoring to “wake the old town” up.

The young ladies who did the fancy diving were unusually good – in form and per”form”ance, and they were really a feature.

Mickey O’Neill who did the high diving stunts was a wonder worker. His leap of death and on fire into fire was worth going a long distance to see.

Norris Kellam, who has been well known by the writer for a number of years, is a dandy entertainer, the only thing we find fault with him is that he has nothing in his head, and although being around 300 pounds, evidently has nothing in him anywhere else. However, he is world’s champion long distance swimmer and so can tell us to go to if he want to. But we’ll be glad to have them back again at a future time and assure them a hearty welcome for the show was clean and educational.

Jerry Marsh, a real old-timer, is owner of the outfit, and knows his stuff, and if he sees this he will know what we are “diving” at.


April 10, 1931

“Air Circus At Triangle Station”

There will be an air circus here Saturday and Sunday. Jasper is not to be slighted in the way of the air circuses which seems to b e the vogue in Florida at this time. Dare Devil Jack King and Al Young are coming here to carry passengers who wish to view their town. The Sky Jack King, who is known by the boys of the air as Dare Devil Jack will thrill the crowds both days by leaping form the plane traveling at a hundred miles an hour with his parachute at an altitude of 5000 feet. He will also give a demonstration of his death defying wing walking.

There is going to be a special jump on Sunday. He doesn’t say what it is but come out and see Al Young, one of the South’s best stunt pilots, who will also thrill the crowds with his many stunts. So come and get the thrill of a lifetime.

Dare Devil Jack King’s parachute is now on display at Adam’s Drug Store.

Saturday a plane will fly over town and throw several copies of the Jasper News with free tickets for an airplane ride, so watch for them.


May 29, 1931

“Hail Storm Does Considerable Damage”

Wednesday afternoon the worst hail storm ever known in Jasper broke loose and for three quarters of an hour fell in torrents, ranging in size from a pen to a hen egg.

In many places it banked up to six inches in depth, and the ice was plentiful for two hours after the storm, many of our citizens gathering it up to freeze ice cream.

From best information obtainable the hail storm was not general, but hit in spots in all sections of the county, and in places was lighter than the streak hitting Jasper, but every farm where the hail fell the crops were considerably damaged.

Many of our farmers carried hail insurance on their tobacco crop which will be of big advantage to them and save them from a total loss.

The heavy rain accompanying the hail was a blessing to our people and will probably result in the setting of a large sweet potato crop.


June 5, 1931

During the fist two weeks since the formal opening of Savannah Beach unprecedented crowds of pleasure seekers have been drawn to the Tybee Island pleasure strand, and the 1931 season bids fair to be the most successful yet enjoyed. Extensive improvements in the way of boardwalks, paved parkways along the ocean front, and additional amusements have been made this year, adding to the popularity of what hundreds of thousands of people regard as the prime water resort of the Southeast. The surf breaks in white rolling waves on the broad beach and seems more inviting than ever before. The road ways and streets are decked with blooming flowers.

Dick Coy’s eleven piece orchestra on the Tybee Pavillion and Applewhite’s orchestra at the Hotel Tybee Pavillion are planning a program of unusual dance and concert music for the second official weekend at the beach, in anticipation of the 7,000 or more, pleasure seekers who are lured there for the weekend from all over this section. Railroad, bus line and airplane passenger service, as well as paved highways on which one might drive his own auto in comfort through miriads of beautiful forests and flowered fields into the very heart of Savannah’s downtown section where the towering Hotel Savannah beckons to the tourist and visitor to come in and spend a while to get his bearings before continuing to the Beach, 18 miles away.


July 10, 1931

“Rev. J. L. Hunter, Pastor Jasper Methodist Church”

In his condemnation of sin, and worldly living, his words are not always sweet music to the listeners ear because it strikes sometimes too close to the doorsteps of home, but all people of Jasper love him for his honesty and steadfastness of purpose. When one becomes withered by his expose of the “pet sin” they return to get another dose. He is loved and admired for “what he is,” not for what he “is not.”


July 10, 1931

“Geologists to Probe Explosions on Farm of John Bradshaw”

Florida geologists have been requested to investigate explosions which occurred last week on the farm of John Bradshaw, State senator from Jennings.

The senator said the first explosions blew out a hole 60 feet wide and 75 feet deep. A second blast several days later left a similar hole.


August 7, 1931

“Suwannee River Bridge Open For Travel”

The Suwannee Springs bridge, which spans the famous Suwannee River between Jasper and Live Oak, on the Suwannee Scenic Highway, was opened to the public for travel Wednesday. It is a fine bridge and the citizens of both counties are rejoiced at its completion.

Hamilton county now needs a road from Jasper to Madison, and if our citizens will put their shoulders to the wheel in a strong pull altogether, we will get it.


October 23, 1931

“Air Circus At Jennings”

Al K. Young and Dare Devil Jack King, noted aviators, will give an air circus at Jennings tomorrow and Sunday, October 24th and 25th.

Parachute jumping and wing walking both days, besides other stunts.

Visit the circus, meet your friends and enjoy the days.


November 20, 1931

“Bottles Placed In Alapaha Sink”

About one-quarter mile south of the upper bridge, the Alapaha river runs into two underground streams. One of the streams appears to run east and the other north. Last Saturday our editor and Joe Bellflower drove out to the sink and deposited three sealed bottles, with a note inclosed, into the underground streams. Whether they will ever come to the surface and be reported, is not known. Now, while the river is so low, is a good time to see this wonderful sight of nature.


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