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Hotel Parker at Haines City, has been burned to the ground. All the inmates escaped uninjured. All the furniture was lost. There was no insurance. The general merchandise store of H. A. Parker & Co., was also destroyed, about half the goods were saved, however. There was no insurance

Bradford County Telegram, (Starke, FL) Feb. 22, 1895, page 3.
Transcribed and contributed by: Robin L..


Christina, Nov. 2.—Mrs. Clark is still at the home of her mother, who continues to be critically ill.

Lyle O. Pierce, manager of the commissary, spent Wednesday in Tampa on business.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rudisill and daughter have returned from an extended eastern trip of eight weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Bryan, of Nichols were guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Hetrick on Saturday.

George Hetrick spent Thursday in Mulberry on business.

Mr. and Mrs. W. W. McLarty are the proud parents of a daughter born Saturday. The little lady weighed ten pounds.

Dr. C. C. Pierce and bride have returned from their wedding journey. Mrs. Pierce will receive a warm welcome from the doctor's many warm friends.

Mrs. Swindell, Jr., is confined to the house with fever.

Mrs. Redin Bryan is expected home from Savannah on Sunday. She has been spending a month with her parents, also a month in North Carolina, the guest of Mr. Bryan's parents.

Miss Swindell has returned home after a two months' vacation in Bartow.

Our school has opened for the fall term with a good attendance.

Mrs. Lyle O. Pierce and Mrs. H. M. Rudisill were in Mulberry on Thursday, combining business with pleasure.

R. Bryan, of Tampa, was the guest of his brother Redin Bryan, over Sunday.

Mr. Folgen is able to be out once more, after an operation for appendicitis.


Nov. 2.—Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Dyer, of East Lakeland, are spending a delightful visit at the Burgner farm this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sweat have moved from Pauway.

Mrs. Ida Fussell of Winter Haven, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. McAvers.

We are glad to know the people of Haskell are beginning to build on the new church and hope to see it ready for use by Christmas anyway.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Wadkins were in Mulberry visiting last Sunday.

Mr. McAyers and little boy were in Lakeland Wednesday.

There will be preaching at Haskell next Sunday and we hope to see a large crowd out.

Miss Ola Burgner who is at Morristown, Tenn., and learning to be a trained nurse, will return here in a few days to visit her home folks.

Friends here are very sorry to hear of the sudden death of Mr. McInnis, who was found dead near here Wednesday and we sympathize with his relatives.


Nov. 2.—The meeting is progressing nicely, Bro. J. R Wells gives us some simple and good sermons.

Miss Nannie Fletcher has been in Lakeland this week having her eyes treated and also did some shopping.

Messrs. Claude Bryant and John Carney visited relatives and friends here Sunday.

Miss Holt McCorkle of Daytona, visited friends here last week.

We are glad to have Miss Cora Hancock at her post of duty again as she was out last week on account of illness.

Mr. Alva Harrell will start an orange packing house in Kathleen for Mr. Joe Wilder Monday.

The above 3 items were extracted from the same source.

Source: The Lakeland Evening Telegram, November 3, 1911, Image 2; The Lakeland Evening Telegram. (Lakeland, Fla.) 1911-1922.

Capt. Hane Gives Some Reminiscences of Gen. Finnegan

Many of the Florida Veterans who served in the war between the States have felt disappointed not having seen any mention in the press of Gen. Finnegan, one of Florida's able Generals. He was a prominent man and held the respect and esteem generally of those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. State officials held frequent consultations with him as he was in command of all the troops in the State and had a clear idea of state affairs. It was to him that the enviable U. S. Senator, the Honorable D. L. Yulee who was in Washington and heard the feelings express by northern representatives and statesmen, wrote Gen. Finnegan that a settlement with abolitionist was out of the question and advised him to withdraw from the union and it was carried.

He gave his power and interest to the State. With the small force to use he fortified St. Johns Bluff, which he held against the attacks of three ships of U. S. navy, the Paul Jones, Isaac Smith and Water Witch, but they landed a large infantry forces, superior in number that the small southern army was withdrawn. The little army was then employed at other important points, until General Seymour started on a march like Sherman, afterwards made in Georgia and the Carolinas, but found Gen. Finnegan at Olustee ready to dispute his march. Seymour's army was defeated with heavy loss, and if Gen. Finnegan had have had a sufficient cavalry force the Northern army neved (sic) would have reached Jacksonville under the protection of the navy. Gen. Finnegan had grand success at Olustee, as he did in other combats with an inferior force. He was afterwards ordered to Virginia, and was often in command of the division. He remained there until just before the end. He was afflicted with rheumatism, which disabled him from furthur services in that latitude. His name has been neglected among the heroes of the Confederate army, who gave such service to the South. He commanded the division at Cold Harbor, and took our lines back that had been taken by Hancock's corps.

One of the Virginia soldiers said he did not like to follow an Irishman. Gen. Finnegan heard the remark and said to him just to follow his flag. His name will live in memory of all those who served with him. His little great granddaughter Miss Effie Parramore Forbes is the Mascot of Camp 1543 U. C. V., and has the esteem of the veterans here.


Of Co. H., 10th Fla., Regiment Finnegan's Brigade Mahones Div. Hills Corp.

Source: The Lakeland Evening Telegram, November 4, 1911, Image 2; The Lakeland Evening Telegram. (Lakeland, Fla.) 1911-1922.


Mrs. Ella Marquis, of Bartow, has received the Carnegie medal awarded to her son who lost his life trying to save Miss Myrtle Lewis in Crooked Lake last July.

Source: The Lakeland Evening Telegram, November 8, 1911, Image 10 ; The Lakeland Evening Telegram. (Lakeland, Fla.) 1911-1922.

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